Foreign tourists that arrived in Crete in the 19th century and in the first decades of the 20th century described the bread of the Cretan with unflattering words. However, Robert Parsly from Britain (1834), who was a wise man, was impressed by the dark bread of the monks of Crete, which was made from wheat, barley and rye.
It took many years to prove, through studies, that the Cretans were right! The fibers contained in the traditional Cretan bread help the function of the intestine, and especially the large intestine. Moreover, it is said that wholemeal bread can possibly prevent gastric cancer and especially the cancer of the large intestine!